Singapore Flying College

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Singapore Flying College
Crest of the Singapore Flying College
Founded 1988
Headquarters Seletar Airport, Singapore
Other Training Facilities Jandakot Airport, Australia
Field Ab Initio training
Chairman Mak Swee Wah
Website www.sfcpl.com

The Singapore Flying College (Abbreviation: SFC) is a flight school based in Singapore. Established in 1988 under the Singapore Airlines Group, it is the training school for ab-initio cadet pilots with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines Cargo. The college also accepts self-sponsored cadets.

The SFC headquarters is located at Seletar, Singapore, in close proximity to Seletar Airport and is where the ground school phase of the training, as well as aptitude flight testing is conducted. On successful completion, cadets subsequently do the rest of the CPL/IR training at SFC's other training facility at Jandakot Airport in Perth, Western Australia

Singapore Flying College operated a third training centre at Sunshine Coast Airport, Maroochydore. However, due to changes in pilot training curriculum, it was shut down in March 2014 after operating for twelve years.[1]

Fleet[edit]

The Singapore Flying College fleet consists of the following aircraft:[2][3]

Singapore Flying College fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Cessna 172R 9 5 based at Seletar, 4 based at Jandakot
Cessna 172R G1000 9 All based at Jandakot
Beechcraft Baron G58 3 Leased, All based at Jandakot

Currently, SFC operates analogue Cessna 172s for the aptitude flight testing, a mix of analogue as well as EFIS-equipped Cessna 172s for primary flight training and the Beechcraft Baron for the multi-engine phase.

Historically, SFC used to operate Cessna 152 aircraft out of Seletar Airport. These were phased out by April 2010 and replaced by the Cessna 172. In Jandakot, cadets used to fly the Beechcraft Bonanza as an interim trainer between the Cessna 172 and Beechcraft Baron phases.

Advanced Flight Training (AFT) was previously conducted on light jets to give cadet pilots an introduction to jet and multi-crew operations.

Initially, the Learjet 31 was based out of Singapore Changi Airport. In July 1997, one such plane crashed in Ranong, Thailand, which resulted in the deaths of the cadet and his instructor.[4] This prompted the company to replace the it with the Learjet 45, which came equipped with Ground Proximity Warning System. The training base was relocated to Sunshine Coast Airport at Maroochydore in 2002. In 2010, the Learjet 45s were replaced by the Cessna Citation Mustang C510s.[5]

In July 2013, the decision was made by the Singapore Airlines Group to scrap the AFT phase and conduct the Multi-Crew Cooperation/Jet Conversion Course as well as line training in Level-D Simulators at SIA Training Centre instead. All jet trainers have been phased out.

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